Secondary and Middle Level Teacher Certification Portfolio


Introduction to the Secondary and Middle Level Teacher Certification Portfolio

The Middle Level and Secondary Teacher Certification Portfolio is an electronic collection of work completed over several quarters that serves as a showcase of evidence demonstrating professional growth and readiness to transition to the role of a professional educator. There are required items, and teacher candidates are encouraged to also include items that they consider strong evidence of their learning to teach.

The shell of the portfolio is begun, using a Google Sites template, in the third quarter of the program. Evidence is added during subsequent quarters, and the Philosophy of Teaching and Learning/Classroom Management Plan is updated and revised as teacher candidates continue to develop as teachers and learners.

The portfolio is due in March of the second year of the program and is the culminating assessment tool used by program faculty to determine whether each candidate is ready to be recommended for endorsement/certification. Therefore, the portfolio is assessed using the certification requirements published by the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) and the learning goals of the UWB Secondary and Middle Level Teacher Certification Program.

Elements of the Portfolio

  1. Opening Reflection orienting the reader to the collection of portfolio artifacts, reflects on growth during the program and explaining how the displayed products show evidence of growth.
  2. Philosophy of Teaching and Learning/Classroom Management Plan, revised to reflect the candidate’s professional growth at the end of the program.
  3. Three Lesson Plans in the endorsement area (often developed during autumn quarter in a CIA course).
  4. Unit Plan with a minimum of 3 lessons. If the lesson plans in the unit are fully developed, they can also meet the requirement for 3 fully developed lesson plans. However, often the unit may be created long before it is taught, and the minimum three lessons may not yet be fully developed. The unit plan may be the same unit and lessons submitted for the edTPA; however, it will be assessed internally by program faculty (not externally by Pearson) and will need to demonstrate program goals.
  5. Evidence of using Technology to Enhance Student Learning. This artifact may
be a lesson or unit plan already included in the T-Cert Portfolio or a specific project focused on using technology to teach. Examples might include having students learning with/from students 
in other geographical locations, creating interactive graphs, creating videos or digital stories, or collaborating using web 2.0 tools.
  6. Professional Growth Plan (PGP). This entry will be a draft of goals for further professional growth that will be revisited once a graduate is employed. The PGP is aligned with districts’ Teacher/Principal Evaluation Plan (TPEP), the evaluation tool for teachers in Washington State.
  7. Documentation of Interactions with Families. Throughout student teaching, teacher candidates need to document their communication with the families of their students. Dates, reason for communication, and a summary of the communication are required. Please use pseudonyms to protect confidentiality.
  8. Completed EdTPA

Activate Your UW Google Apps

If you prefer a texted based tutorial, we have the video tutorial script which will take you through the steps for activating your Google Apps.

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Portfolio Basics

This tutorial will describe the process of using the IAS Portfolio template.

  1. First go to
  2. Log in with your UW NetID and password.
  3. Click the Create button to create a new eportfolio.
  4. Click on "Browse the gallery for more" to look for the Middle Level portfolio template.
  5. In the search gadgets field, type in “Sec Mid Level Cert Portfolio”
  6. When found, click on the template and then click on the Select button
  7. Name your site.
  8. When you are finished, click the Create button at the top of the page.
  9. For help on using the portfolio template, go to the Open Learning Lab in UW2-140.
  10. To view the Secondary and Middle Level Teacher Certification Portfolio Template click here.

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Share Your Site With Your Advisor

If you prefer a text-based tutorial, we have the script to the video tutorial which will take you through the steps for sharing your portfolio with your advisor.

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